Former Oklahoma judge will lose most of pension

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a decision by the board administering the state's pension system that former Creek County District Judge Donald D. Thompson must forfeit most of his state retirement.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: October 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm •  Published: October 25, 2011
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A former Creek County judge convicted of exposing himself by using a sexual device while on the bench will lose his judicial retirement pay, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Donald D. Thompson was getting $7,789 a month when his judicial retirement benefits were cut off in September 2006.

He lost those benefits on grounds his conduct violated his oath of his judicial office when he was convicted of indecent exposure.

The Supreme Court's ruling upheld a decision by the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees. The high court's ruling was unanimous.

Thompson served about 20 months in prison after being found guilty in 2006 of four felony counts for his use of a penis pump while presiding over trials.

Thompson had asked for reinstatement of his entire judicial retirement benefits that covered the period he was on the bench from 1982 until August 2004.

Two appeals

Thompson appealed to Oklahoma County District Court, which upheld the board's decision. He then appealed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

“The uncontested facts revealed multiple felonies committed while Mr. Thompson presided over jury trials, and the offended parties included court personnel,” wrote Justice James Winchester in the court's opinion.

“Court reporters observed the felonious exposure of Mr. Thompson's private parts, and testified to the fact during the criminal trial. That trial resulted in conviction of felonies. Those felonies violated Mr. Thompson's oath of office.”

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